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Finlay Donaldson

T: +971 4407 3938 M: +971 50 846 7127 Email Finlay | vCard Office: Dubai

Finlay Donaldson Associate

Contact details

Finlay Donaldson

Finlay Donaldson

T: +971 4407 3938 M: +971 50 846 7127 Email Finlay | vCard Office: Dubai

Finlay is a disputes resolution associate in the firm's Dubai office. He has extensive experience advising both local and international companies in complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration proceedings.
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Having first relocated to the region in 2007, Finlay has considerable local knowledge and experience in assisting and managing disputes in the UAE. He has represented clients in matters at all levels of the UAE Courts and in the DIFC Courts. Finlay has also assisted clients in high-value arbitration proceedings brought in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the DIFC-LCIA.

He has extensive experience acting for clients in disputes concerning fraud and money laundering, including proceedings brought before the High Court of England and Wales and the UAE Courts. In particular, Finlay has represented individuals and companies subject to Worldwide Freezing Orders and other interim measures.

Finlay has previously worked for a boutique local law firm in Dubai advising clients on commercial disputes, employment, and corporate matters in the UAE and at a prominent London-based firm handling complex fraud disputes involving money laundering, tax evasion and embezzlement.

  • Fraud and asset recovery
  • Sanctions
  • International arbitration
  • Commercial litigation

Worldwide freezing order

Acting for an individual subject to a worldwide freezing order to the value of £1.34 billion in a fraud claim brought by a state bank in liquidation.

State pension authority

Representing a European state pension provider in a £70 million multi-jurisdictional dispute relating to the fraudulent management of pension funds.

Prominent UK businessman

Successfully acting for a high profile British businessman in respect of a £3 million fraud case concerning fraudulent documents relating to a number of investments.

International maritime solutions provider

Advising a global maritime solutions company on the impact and effect of Russian and Ukrainian sanctions against its suppliers in the region.

Global commodity and services group

Advising on the implications of sanctions against Libya with regards to the trading of specific commodities.

Marine and logistics company

Preparing a sanctions report against a number of potential shipbrokers and charterers, covering the implications of relevant EU and US sanctions.

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Shipbuilding dispute

Representing the Claimant in a circa USD $150 million ICC Arbitration.

UAE developer dispute

Representing the claimant in a DIAC Arbitration against one of the UAE's largest property developers in respect of the recovery of investments in the stalled Palm Jebel Ali development.

Charterparty dispute

Acting for the Claimant in a DIFC/LCIA dispute concerning outstanding sums owed under the terms of a charterparty.

Telecommunications dispute

Representing a UAE based telephone distributor in a multi-million dollar claim brought against one of the world's largest electronic companies in relation to disputed credit notes.

Consultancy agreement dispute

Representing a US consultancy firm in a large value claim brought against the owners of a UAE entertainment park for unpaid commission owed under a consultancy agreement.

Employment dispute

Securing a multi-million UAE Dirham judgement in favour of an individual in an employment dispute against one of the Middle East’s largest retail groups.

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04 May 2021

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12 Apr 2021

From Insights

Sanctions: deceptive practices and high-risk areas – Part 1

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25 Nov 2020

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